Wire with St. Vincent, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Lung, the Fly | Thalia Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wire with St. Vincent, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Lung, the Fly 17+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., June 12, 9 p.m. 2015

Because it’s a cryptic festival that celebrates off-the-map collaborations, Drill: Chicago couldn’t have chosen a better Wire track to repurpose as its namesake. While Thursday’s more intimate performance at the Hideout features a pair of jazz players (Vandermark and Wooley) lending their improvisational talents to what is at its core a melodic and slow-jogging postpunk jam, the band focus tonight on one of their most malleable songs. And by focus I mean stretch it out till it becomes so sheer it’s transparent. And by stretch it out I mean allow supershredder and deep-space mastermind Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) to mow it down with a barrage of feedback and noise convulsing from her Albert Lee Music Man guitar. At least that would be best. Originally released on the Snakedrill EP that followed a five-year Wire hiatus—and now on the band’s fourth studio album, The Ideal Copy—“Drill” is little more than a minimal, electronic-driven pulse created by a steady hi-hat roll, nonstop bass-drum beat, and constant guitar ticking. Colin Newman’s slightly tormented vocals skate in and out along with a quick-repeating bass melody, but it’s mostly open to interpretation (as evidenced by the band’s 1991 remix EP The Drill). Previous live improvisations of the track have included contributions from Earth, Chastity Belt, and the almighty Swans, and Wire are being joined tonight by what will undoubtedly be one of their most glorious collaborators in St. Vincent. Plus, according to Newman, guitar madman Jon Spencer is expected to get in on the fun too. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $20

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